When you install Eclipse, call the Advantage Software adminstrative department and they will email you a license number. After you enter the license number into your system, it is stored permanently. You can install on as many different computers as you like. Once this keyless license is activated, you can always use Eclipse without a key as long as you have an Internet connection available.
If you run Eclipse on one system with the same license that is currently in use on another system, the other system will be suspended. For example, if you are working in your office and you leave Eclipse running and go into the courtroom, as soon as you run Eclipse in the courtroom, the copy of Eclipse in your office will be suspended.
If you do not have an Internet connection available, you can still use Eclipse off-line for up to two weeks. You will be given countdown warnings within three days of the expiration of the off-line access. As soon as you run Eclipse at all, even for a few seconds, with an Internet connection available, it will reset the off-line access for another two weeks.
If the system discovers that the same license has been getting significant use on multiple computers simultaneously while off-line (avoiding the automatic suspension) the off-line capability will automatically be disabled, and you will then have to have Internet available to run Eclipse. Note that it does not disable the license entirely, just the offline capability. You will have to contact the Advantage Software staff to restore off-line capability.
IMPORTANT: If you are using a keyless license on a computer that is shared among multiple users, EACH user MUST use a different Windows user account. If several reporters in a courthouse share a single computer in a courtroom, for example, even though they have separate computers in their offices, that is currently possible by allowing each individual user to bring their hardware key with them to plug into the courtroom computer. The keyless license is associated with the current Windows user, so each user of a shared computer MUST have a separate Windows user account, and must log in when using Eclipse on that computer. This is the only way to prevent accidental license violations or disruptions if a user attempts to use the shared computer while it's associated with another user's keyless license.
What if you don't ever have Internet access available on a particular computer, even if it's only for five seconds once every two weeks? Then keep using the hardware key.
Can you mix and match the hardware key and keyless versions? Not with the same license. A single copy of Eclipse can either be keyed or keyless, but not both. For the testing period, testers will be permitted to keep both, but that will only be for a short time.
The Help menu | About Eclipse... dialog will give you information about the status of your license: If you see a capital "O" that indicates that the license is only usable on-line. That is, you cannot use the license unless you have an Internet connection available. This should only happen if the system detects some sort of license violation. If you are working offline, which is normally permitted, you will see a capital "F" indicating that the system is running offline and was not able to contact the license management server. In this case, the dialog will also give an indication such as (48 hours) telling you how much longer you can use the key while offline before you have to run Eclipse while you have access to the Internet in order to re-validate the license.